by Uwe Fischer |
Perak, the second largest state of the Malaysian peninsula, is often overlooked by Malaysia travelers. Which is a pity, because it is a true jewel. The rustic charm of old colonial buildings, which have been lovingly maintained and adapted to the modern lifestyle, interesting museums and charming natural landscapes guarantee a varied stay. Provided, you make sure to book a suitable accommodation. Such as the Impiana Hotel Ipoh.
The Impiana is the second oldest major hotel in Perak’s capital Ipoh. Its 4-star ambiance is underlined by spacious and yet cozy rooms, supported by its friendly and professional staff, and enhanced by convenient facilities such as business services, high-speed connectivity, convenience store, modern banquet facilities, a magnificent restaurant offering both international and local delicacies, a 24-hour fitness center and a large swimming pool.
Guests can choose between the 24sq.m Deluxe and the 68sq.m Premier rooms. With 280sq.m the largest accommodation, however, is the Royal Suite, that is even equipped with a Jacuzzi (slideshow)
Plus, it is conveniently located halfway between the city and the famous Chinese Buddhist Sam Poh Tong temple, which is built in a limestone cave about 5 km from Ipoh. It is Malaysia’s largest cave temple and the oldest cave temple near Ipoh. It contains all kinds of works of art, such as a lying Buddha figure. The temple also offers visitors the opportunity to release turtles into a pond to balance their karma.
An impressive late Baroque building is the station, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. It was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback and affectionately described by the locals as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh. Opposite the station is the town hall of Ipoh, another white building in neoclassical style.
“These are just a few highlights of the many that Ipoh has to offer”, says Normah Ahmad, Impiana’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “For example, we have many interesting museums and exhibitions such as the Ho Yan Hor Museum, a former two-story shophouse, which had been left vacant for many years and now shows a collection of kitchen items, foodstuff and toiletries that were popular in the old days. Or the Gunung Lang Recreational Park and the Ipoh Walk Night Bazaar.”
For visitors who would like to explore some of these not so obvious highlights, the hotel can arrange for individually tailored tours, says Normah Ahmad. For more information and booking, visit their official website.
TOP TEN THINGS TO DO OR SEE IN IPOH
recommended by Normah Ahmad, Impiana Hotel Ipoh
1. Ho Yan Hor Museum
2. Gunung Lang Recreational Park
3. Funtasy House Trick Art
4. Concubine Lane
5. Yasmin at Kong Heng Museum
6. D.R Seenivasagam Park
7. Dataran Ipoh
8. Ipoh Walk Night Bazaar
9. Ipoh Wall Art Murals
10. Ladang Limau Tambun Chin Ipoh